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Top barrister is new Mensa president

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Francesca receives her commemorative paperweight from board member Ian Fergus


Leading barrister Francesca Quint has become an honorary president of British Mensa.

Francesca, a long-serving Mensan and former board member, was married to Mensa founder Lance Ware for 20 years until his death in 2000.

She accepted the invitation to become honorary president at a dinner in London to mark the 100th anniversary of Dr Ware’s birth.

Mensa chairman Jenny Gill said: “The board had been discussing how they could mark and celebrate the centenary of one of the founders of the society; what better way than to invite Francesca to be one of our honorary presidents?

“I am delighted she has accepted our invitation and look forward to working with her to help further the society’s aims.”

Francesca said: “I feel very honoured to have been appointed co-president of Mensa and would like to thank the board for their decision. I am sure that Lance would have been very proud of me, and I hope I can do justice to the role.”

She joins inventor Sir Clive Sinclair in the role of honorary president. She was presented with an engraved crystal paperweight to mark the appointment.

During her time in Mensa, Francesca has been co-opted to the board twice and acted as complaints monitor and advisor.

She has been a barrister since 1970 and until 1990 was a barrister employed in the Government Legal Service at the Charity Commission. Since 1990 she has been a barrister in independent practice specialising in charities, and also writes and lectures on charity law.